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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Singing & Choral Groups

Mission: The Greater New Haven Community Chorus contributes to the personal and cultural enrichment of the community, through the rehearsal and performance of outstanding choral music. Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization we: • achieve the highest standard of choral music by a non-auditioned chorus open to everyone • educate chorus members and audiences alike • embrace the diversity of the community • donate tickets and special performances to area non-profit organizations

Results: During the past year, GNHCC successfully: 1. Searched for, hired, and transitioned to a new Artistic Director, replacing the departing Artistic Director after his successful seven-year tenure. 2. Updated website with new design; transitioned to new Internet provider and began transitioning to a new, state-of-the art database management system. 3. Began soliciting grant monies for the commissioning of major choral works to celebrate the chorus’ 50th Anniversary season. As of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012-2013, GNHCC has been awarded grants totaling $3500 from Choral Arts New England and from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. 4. Developed a detailed 16-page “Singers’ Guide” outlining the function, procedures and culture of GNHCC.

Target demographics: residents ages 16 and above from all nationalities. We are an open and welcoming organization.

Geographic areas served: Greater New Haven area includes New Haven and over 20 surrounding communities.

Programs: Part of GNHCC’s commitment toward enriching and educating the cultural community is its sponsorship of a Choral Conducting Assistant Scholarship. This scholarship program, now in its third full season, offers student conductors an opportunity to develop their skills through the real-world experience of working with a large, non-auditioned, volunteer chorus like GNHCC for a full concert season. He or she participates in all aspects of musical direction, is afforded extraordinary access to podium time, and benefits from the Artistic Director’s ongoing mentorship throughout the year. In addition to the practical aspects of leading the chorus in rehearsals and performances, the scholarship student receives direct guidance in rehearsal preparation, musical analysis, score study techniques, and the gestural language of conducting.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This group represents the spirit of the greater new haven community as well as any organization could. The passion displayed in performing event the most challenging material is quite impressive. They provide a great service by their numerous outreach programs and the concerts are always make for a memorable experience.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Chorus came to sing at my Senior Residence this past winter. I appreciated their effort since it is too difficult for me to go to concerts in New Haven at night. The music and singing were delightful - and it was wonderful to see such smiling faces!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic chorus - great for the community! The material they do is challenging, but they work extremely hard and in the end it shows.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have attended a few of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus concerts and they are always well executed. The music is interesting and the performance space beautiful. The intern is darn cute! And their quilts are lovely.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of GNHCC when I lived in the area, and have also attended concerts as an audience member. There is a lot of talent there, especially for a non-audition choir. The membership represents the diverse community of New Haven area. The music is well-selected and very enjoyable. Also not easy...the choir director and members work hard and always pull off a beautiful concert.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! Music is a wonderful way to enrich the community. The passion in this group is tremendous!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending GNHCC concerts for about 40+ years, as a supporter of my sister Kathy Traub, a long-time member of the chorus, and active person with multiple roles in the organization. I personally enjoy most of the repertoire presented by the group. I prefer classical music, but I also like a fairly wide variety of popular musical numbers, e.g., South Pacific, Cats, Sound of Music, etc., as well as folk, gospel, ethnic, and some jazz. The one concert that stands out in my memory was one featuring Italian Opera and Neapolitan music, perhaps ten or so years ago. I always enjoy the December concert, with many offerings of the Christmas season. As far as the venue is concerned, Battell Chapel has very good acoustics, but parking and steep outer steps are problems for many of us who are beginning to be affected by physical betrayals of joints and other ailments. I hope the chorus could find an easily accessed concert setting, perhaps a city or university auditorium to hold both a growing chorus and those who wish to be supporters (without having to worry about steps and parking).

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

It's great to see a community organization like this perform, and they've had some interesting presentations over the years.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My story is simply that I have been attending the concerts of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus for several years and have enjoyed their performances immensely! They focus on world music which is delightful and their membership is reflective of the diversity found in New Haven.
Their sound is exceptional and a joy to listen to for those of us benefiting from their very hard work. I also know that the chorus provides an important community and social network for its members.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always loved choral music and was very pleased to discover this group. Although I am not a singer, I so enjoy their concerts. I am always looking forward to the next one!